It’s been reported that 3.2 million UK households have acquired a pet since the start of the pandemic. It’s also worth noting that a large proportion of that number comes from young people aged 16-34. 

With more and more young couples bringing pets into their lives, the question of what happens to your pet in the event that you and your partner separate is an important issue.

If you and your partner have become engaged in the past year, it may be worth considering a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot as this can have an important impact on your pet’s future.

The weight attached to prenuptial agreements has become increasingly influential, so if you are considering one, there’s a few things you can do.

One of those things is for each party to take separate, independent legal advice to ensure fairness and avoid misrepresentation.

Another thing to consider is the timeframe. If you decide a prenuptial agreement is for you, take the time to work through the process as soon as possible. Leaving things closer to the big day only increases the stress and emotions felt by both parties. With this in mind, aim to sign at least 28 days before the wedding.

Finally, a prenuptial agreement should be a joint decision, not one person imposing what they want on the other. This mutual agreement can help prevent or minimise expensive or acrimonious court proceedings.

Having a prenuptial agreement won’t give you a guaranteed outcome, but it can certainly affect the way the judge applies their discretion when making their determination.

At BP Collins, we’re always by your side. So for any additional information call Sue Andrews on 01753 279046 or email familylaw@bpcollins.co.uk


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